Sunday, July 15, 2012

META: Back after iPad trouble

I'm back! I had some machine trouble two weeks ago -- my iPad took a nasty hit on a hardwood floor and the screen died! My blogging workflow is iPad centered at the moment, so it made it somewhat difficult to post to Roasted Peanuts.

Some searching around the internet revealed that iPad 2s are held together with hot glue. So I borrowed a heat gun from a helpful uncle and managed to reseal the cable. Except in the process of opening it, we accidentally severed the digitizer cable. ARGH.

I ordered a replacement and installed it successfully. But after it was in, the screen backlight stopped working!

The problem, it turned out, was simply that the backlight didn't want to work without a hard reset of the power running to it. Turning it off wasn't enough, it wanted zero power. I didn't know this, I thought it was broken and was looking into the best way to figure out what was wrong and finding out how much replacement parts for THAT would be. Then the battery finally died. I gave it a look to try to gather more information about it, and on the off chance that the complete cessation of power would start it working again -- which it did, which I was rather surprised by.

Anyway, we're back in action now. Thanks for bearing with me.

1 comment:

  1. Okay, you just impressed the heck out of me. To put that in proper context, I used to be certified as an Apple Repair Technician...and I don't know that I'd be able to do what you did. Well done!